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Top 5 rising conductors of 2014

Transforming orchestras, winning international competitions, breaking gender barriers: that is just a sample of what young conductors are doing these days. 2014 was a thrilling year that marked the rise of many brilliant talents, but more importantly it brought to the forefront the touchy issue of gender in a field historically dominated by men. This is changing, however, as increasing numbers of female conductors prove their leadership skills and musical gifts as the heads of top orchestras.

Sex workers in Amsterdam: Legal, but still demeaning, disturbing and degrading

It is reprimandable that a country’s government could condone such explicitly degrading, dehumanizing, and objectifying work for women. Regardless of regulations, human trafficking of prostitutes continues to exist in the Netherlands. While not all prostitutes in the Netherlands have been trafficked, or forcibly brought into a prostitution ring, it does become a sort of financial, emotional, and physical trap for many.